Two things I should make clear first. #1 - I was born and raised in northeast Missouri. #2 - I am deathly afraid of spiders. That's why I was more than a bit alarmed to learn today that there's only one thing preventing tarantulas from making their home in the northern parts of Missouri and it's not likely to be removed anytime soon.
There are so many fun things you can do in our area. Missouri and Illinois offer great fishing and hunting opportunities. For families, there are many amusement parks within an easy day trip. Oh, and there's surfing. That's right. I can make the case that surfing in Missouri is highly underrated.
When I was a kid, I wanted to either be a baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals or an astronaut. Neither of those life goals worked out. Now, I have a more realistic hope that someday I can wake surf the Illinois River like the most gnarly dude just did.